Dr David Frawley, a Padma Bhushan awardee and a scholar on Vedas, spoke on 'The Wings To Surge' panel on cultures and values that power a billion. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev from the Isha Foundation was also on the panel which was moderated by Republic Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
Here is what he had to say about Indian culture and Indian nationalism:
Indians doubt their own traditions, their mindsets have been turned against themselves due to the Marxist ideology. The Surge in India is starting and will be unstoppable now...
Indians are the least nationalist, I would say. Indians survive on cultural unity. This deeper nationalism has to be brought out - Indian nationalism is about the earth, soil... It is not a political concept like the western world.
There is an effort to undermine cultural unity in India. Educationally we know. The textbooks do not give a positive image of India. There is a belief today that India began in 1947. A particular segment in Indian intelligentsia that wants to make us believe that India happened only after 1947. India needs to reclaim its cultural unity. By nationalism, it means unity, not separation or Us vs Them, and India has that cultural unity of 5000 years of enduring civilization.